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Geoff Cameron discusses World Cup experience

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Team USA defender Geoff Cameron stopped by a summer league soccer game in Attleboro Tuesday night to visit with fans and see his former coach.

"For me, it's great to come back here and give back to the roots where I started my career off,” said Cameron.

Just recently back from Brazil, the 29–year–old tells ABC 6 News one of his most memorable moments from the World Cup occurred before the start of his first game.

"The Ghana game for me, walking out of the tunnel for the first time and hearing the World Cup song, you kind of get the chills and you're in that moment for about three or four seconds and you kind of realize you're here,” said Cameron.

Team USA did better than expected in the tournament advancing to the round of 16. Cameron says the success will likely continue to boost soccer's popularity in this country.

"For me with this World Cup and how well we did, coming out of the group of death proving people wrong and making it to the round of 16, I think turns a lot of heads,” said Cameron.

Cameron's former coach hopes his stop by the Attleboro field will show some of his players that it is possible to achieve your dreams.

"On TV he's not a real person, but here, he's real and he's an Attleboro kid,” said Attleboro High School Boys Soccer Coach, Peter Pereira.

"He's pretty much my biggest role model because my dreams to play as a professional, so I just take all of his advice that he has to give,” said Attleboro High School player Matthew Rodrigues.

While in town, Cameron did offer up some advice for young players looking to one day make it to the World Cup.

"I would say definitely dream big, work hard, don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it. Stay focused and have little goals to accomplish your big goals,” said Cameron.

Thursday is Geoff Cameron Day in Attleboro. He'll be at the High School to meet with fans and sign autographs beginning at 5:30 pm.

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